At this time of year it requires plenty of motivation to go for an early morning run. It is so dark and cold outside, all I want to do is hibernate in my bed. Really it’s a matter of need not want. Why? Because running makes me more productive – it also makes me feel better.
The early morning is the best time to get out, as it doesn’t cut into my working day. My phone is unlikely to ring, offices are closed, and I can’t chase anyone for supplies or vice-versa. I also know that if I don’t go for a run, I will rely on coffee to ‘pick me up’, and that is a very slippery (jittery) slope.
When I finally get out of bed, I don’t switch on the lights. It’s a challenge. It’ll be light soon and I don’t need to waste energy. Artificial light also feels quite harsh on my eyes.
A few head-bangs in the dark later and I am off.
Cambridge is beautiful at dawn: another reward for winning the battle to get out of bed.
Home from my run and a quick shower slaps the life back into me. I use my body lotion and heel balm, then a treat – my day cream. This routine makes me feel human. My skin becomes alive; it glows.
At this time of year, with visiting family & friends, Christmas shopping, and all the other tasks that go with the season, it’s easy to forget about our skin. But alongside my morning run, a few minutes of TLC is all it takes.
I now feel ready to face the world.